Roxy Cinema

392 Gorgie Road,
Edinburgh, EH11 2RN

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Roxy Cinema

Opened as Poole’s Roxy Cinema on 20th December 1937 with James Stewart in "Seventh Heaven" and Dick Foran in “Sunday Round-up”. The cinema was located on a prominent corner site at Gorgie Road and Alexander Drive. Designed in an Art Deco style by Leeds based architectural firm Chadwick, Watson & Company, seating in the auditorium was provided in stalls and circle and the proscenium was 45 feet wide. The corner facade originally had a spectactular neon display over the entrance.

The Roxy Cinema closed on 7th December 1963 with Claire Bloom in “80,000 Suspects” and Rock Hudson in “This Earth is Mine”. Two days later it re-opened as an independent bingo club, latterly the County Bingo Club. In 1997 it was closed and the building was sold for development. The auditorium was demolished and a block of 23 flats were built on the site.

The facade and side walls were retained, and the demolition took place, despite Historic Scotland designating the Roxy Cinema a Grade C(s) Listed building on 11th September 1997.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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garypainter on April 4, 2008 at 9:21 pm

That pic above is the former Roxy in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. More info on that here:

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The Edinburgh Roxy is this one here:

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Puddle21 on October 20, 2015 at 5:53 am

I have just seen this comment, and can assure garypainter that this is not the former Roxy in Kelso. It is indeed Poole’s Roxy (Poole’s as seen above the name Roxy) in Gorgie Road, Edinburgh. I was there every week with my father, Jim Poole (owning family) as a child, to the Roxy Junior Club Saturday matinees and during the rest of the week to see the regular films. We never owned a Roxy in Kelso.

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